How to Learn a Musical Instrument in an Apartment

With more and more families opting for apartment living, some creative thinking is required to get around some of the challenges of living so close to your neighbours. For example, what if your child wants to learn how to play a musical instrument? Since there are many advantages for children who learn an instrument, both socially and academically, here are some ideas on how to make sure your kids can still get the opportunity of learning to play a musical instrument without making an enemy of your neighbours.

Choose a quiet instrument

The first and most obvious tip is to choose an instrument at the quiet end of the scale. Each family of instruments has quieter options at one end, including a practice pad for percussion (rather than a full drum set), an acoustic guitar rather than an electric guitar for string instruments and flutes and recorders rather than trumpets and trombones for wind instruments. These quieter instruments can still teach many of the same musical skills, including reading music and producing chords, while not generating as much volume. When researching options, it's a good idea to let your child's music teacher know that you are living in an apartment so that you can plan appropriately. 

Go electronic

Even though a grand piano is a romantic addition to a home, instruments this large often aren't practical in a small apartment. Keyboards and other electronic instruments can be easily packed away after use and can be played with headphones that direct all the music back to the player when practicing to limit the amount of noise everyone else hears. There are many great computer-based lesson programs that your child can use as well to get some additional ideas that will help make their practice as efficient as possible. And why not ask their music teacher or ask a representative at a store like Stagefront Music if there are any apps they recommend for students of your child's age?

Soundproof the practice room

The final thing that can help, particularly if your child's room adjoins directly to your neighbours' living area, is to apply some soundproofing to the walls and windows. This can stop the amount of noise your neighbours hear from your child and can also make it easier for your child to practice without being distracted by the noises coming back through their wall.

No matter what your living arrangements, with some creative planning and the right musical equipment you can make sure your child gets all of the benefits of learning a musical instrument.